GCHS ROUNDUP: Track girls dominate — again — boys complete sweep


Softball splits with Goodland; Baseball falls in Dodge; Tennis competes at Mustang Classic.

Softball splits with Goodland; Baseball falls in Dodge; Tennis competes at Mustang Classic.




Track & Field

The early season success for the Garden City High School track and field teams continued on Tuesday at the Salina South Invitational, with both the Buffs and Lady Buffs claiming team titles in the nine-team field.

Coach Mike Smith saw his girls team put together another dominating performance, scoring 170 points to runner-up Newton's 102, while the boys team scored 100.5 points to just edge out runner-up Newton, which totaled 95 points.

"It was just pretty well balanced across the board, for both boys and girls," Smith said in a telephone interview from the team bus en route back to Garden City.

In fact, the final results had not been posted when the teams left Salina so when informed that the boys had won the title, Smith was pleasantly surprised saying he thought they had finished third.

"That's always a good surprise when you find out you won," Smith said.

For the Buffs, there were three individual titles — Nick Jauche in the pole vault (13-0), Dusty Tempel in the long jump (21-09) and Jesus Reyes in the high jump (5-10).

"We're getting points in multiple events, and in some of those we're getting multiple placers," Smith said. "It's the depth that is helping out."

The boys pole vault was one example where the Buffs went 1-2-4. They were first and third in the high jump while Erik Chaparro (10:38.35) and Marcus Tulsa (10:40.0) went second/third in the 3,200 meters.

For the Lady Buffs, it was Taryn Tempel who led the way with a double-gold individual performance, claiming the long jump (17-08) and triple jump (36-04), both of which were season bests, including the long jump where she eclipsed her previous best by more than a foot.

"We're still exploring events with a number of the girls, trying to figure out where we're strongest and to give them the best chance to succeed," Smith said. "We know certain girls will do two or three events, but we're trying to figure out that fourth event."

Kayla Doll lowered her season fastest time in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:11.88, and senior teammate Alex Miller was right on her heels with a personal best time of 5:12.25. Senior Chelsea Jackson garnered a first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:58.96, and then she clocked a 2:36 leg as part of the winning 4x800-meter relay team (10:25.09) that was comprised of Kayla Doll, Ashley Smith and Neysa Harman.

Freshman Aileen Gurrola captured a first in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.11, with Tempel claiming a third (1:03.06). Kyra Bellows won the girls high jump at 4-10, and Kaylee Kipp grabbed runner-ups in the shot put (35-04) and discus (109-02). The 4x400-meter relay team of Gurrola, Kayla Doll, Taylor Linenberger and Tempel also won with a time of 4:12.67.

In the girls long jump, Alex Telfair took silver behind Tempel with a jump of 16-06.50, and Linenberger was fourth at 16-00. MaKenzie Hanigan finished behind Tempel in the triple jump at 34-03.

Greyson Tempel ran against a tough sprinter's field, taking third in the 200 meters (23.44) into a stiff wind, and then placed fourth in the 100 meters (11.20). In the girls 800-meter run, Miller clocked a 2:24.24 for one of her fastest marks and finished second. Reyes was third in the boys 800 at 2:05.32.


Dusti Befort and Shai Cartmill combined to go 6 for 8 with six RBIs for the Garden City High School softball team to open Tuesday's doubleheader at Goodland with an 11-8 win.

While the Cowgirls were able to duplicate their eight-run total in the nightcap, the Lady Buffs could only scratch across four, splitting the pair of games with an 8-4 defeat, making the Buffs 3-2 overall.

"I'm not sure of the difference," head coach Trina Moquett said in a telephone interview after the game. "We came out with a bit of excitement in the first game. In the second game, we just kind of shut down."

Cartmill's shot to left center in the sixth inning of the opener put an exclamation point on the Buffs' offensive outburst in the opener, drilling 20 hits — three for extra-bases — for the three-run victory. The sophomore first baseman had two RBIs, while Befort had four.

Befort also picked up the win, pitching a complete game and striking out six, improving her record to 2-1.

In the following contest, the Buffs could only pick up nine hits, but did get a round-tripper from Haley Saldana. Freshmen Abbie Dart was in the circle this time, also pitching a complete game, but taking the loss after allowing five earned runs and striking out four.

Befort had a pair of RBIs to lead the Buffs.

"We're just kind of streaky right now," Moquett said of the Buffs' offense.

The Lady Buffs' next outing will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at home to Liberal at Tangeman Sports Complex.


Three straight walks and an error on what could have been a routine double-play ball led to five runs for Dodge City in the first inning, and the Buffs could not come back from the early deficit, falling 6-2 in Dodge City.

"That was the game right there," head coach Bill Wilson said in a telephone interview after the game as the Buffs' record fell to 4-5.

Starter Ivan Gutierrez lasted just two-plus innings, giving up six runs, four earned. Reliever Daniel Flores came in in relief, tossing four scoreless innings to keep the Buffs within striking distance, but Red Demons starter Austin Weiser was dominant, allowing just two runs in the sixth inning while striking out 11 and walking just one.

"He commanded the zone," Wilson said of the left-handed Weiser, who made it difficult for Buffs hitters to make the adjustment to the southpaw.

Mitchell Hernandez had three hits (3 for 3) for the Buffs, scoring once, while Mario Montoya had the lone RBI on a 1-for-3 outing.

Gutierrez took the loss, while Weiser picked up the complete game win.

"That was going to be a 3-2 game, or 2-1 game, and it came down to who was going to kick the ball around," Wilson said as the Buffs had the only two errors in the contest.

The Buffs will travel to Hays Tuesday for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Indians of Hays High.

Boys tennis

The Salina Central Mustang Classic turned out to be a rough ride experience on Tuesday for the Garden City High School boys tennis team.

In a field that included four state-ranked teams, three of which were in Class 5A, the Buffs struggled in the nine-team field, finishing eighth with 13 points to only finish ahead of Smoky Valley, a perennial state powerhouse in Class 4A.

"It was probably the toughest tournament we'll play in all year," said GCHS coach Rod Robinson.

The tournament was made doubly difficult as both No. 1 and 2 singles and doubles were thrown together in the 16-player/team bracket.

"We got some tough seeds and obviously were playing some of the very best players in the opening round," Robinson said.

Sebastian Kyaw had the best effort of the day, placing seventh in the singles competition. He went 1-3, defeating James Dilollo of Andover 8-1 in the opening match and then dropping three consecutive matches, the final one a heartbreaking 8-7 (1) tiebreaker to Adam Ford of Newton in the seventh-place match.

"He played his usual tough games, but the consistency wasn't quite there against that level of competition," Robinson said of Kyaw.

Jose Depaz placed 15th, winning his final match of the day by an 8-5 margin over J.D. Warren of Salina South. That came after three setbacks.

In doubles play, Dozie Ekweariri and Esteban Neave took 13th place, winning their final two consolation matches after dropping their first two.

Ekweariri and Neave defeated Kevin Kraus and Zach Koshgarian of Salina South, 8-5 before knockng off Ross Nail and Colby Ratzlaff of Emporia, 8-6, in the 13th place match. The other doubles team of Dylan Victor and Joe Basillo was unable to come up with a win in their four matches.

The Buffs are slated to compete at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Hutchinson Invitational, but a forecast of cold and possibly rain/snow showers could push the tournament back, and most likely the event would be rescheduled for Friday. The Buffs are at the McPherson Invitational on Saturday.

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